ECO-Inspiration: Repair Clothing Chain

Did you know that it takes about 1,800 gallons of water to produce one pair of jeans? How crazy is that! Since the clothing industry is a major contributor to environmental damage, let’s explore some ideas that would allow us to save resources and also produce a positive impact. You’ve all heard the saying “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” right? This week, we invite you to focus on these terms in the context of clothing, while adding an all-important term: “Repair”. We ask that you be mindful about purchasing used articles of clothing or tend to your own worn clothing by repairing it. 

We’re excited to see the trend of second-hand stores soaring in today’s economy as people are choosing to define their own styles and to mix and match gently worn clothing. By purchasing a used pair of jeans, for example, you are greatly extending its lifespan, helping to reduce waste on so many levels, and saving money! If your clothing has some holes in it, take out that travel sewing kit and DIY, or ask someone to fix it for you. 

There are so many ways to take on this ECO-Inspiration!

  • Check out consignment and vintage stores in your area and in new cities (new styles and trends to explore that way)
  • Share hand-me-downs with family, friends, coworkers, etc. You can even do a clothing swap! In our town, everyone looks forward to the annual winter gear swap where you can find great deals on clothing and gear for the slopes.
  • Hit up some garage sales on the weekend and give new life to anything used!
  • Look into Patagonia’s Worn Wear program for used products and extensive repair guides. You can also trade in old items for store credit. This company is a great example of a brand that really walks its talk.

We hope you come up with creative ways to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, AND Repair your clothing. Once you start to think about fashion in this mindset, your actions with incrementally add up to big change. 

~Kristin Cole

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